I like Hinduism because it is a philosophy and as you say, a way of life. Different beautiful forms of Lord in Hinduism are different aspects of the one reality made to appease hearts of different devotees. Its not 'one shoe fits all'. Hinduism allows opportunity of praying to formful beautiful God like Krshna or Raam; and if so is ones choice, and it also acceps that God finally is attributeless and the formless - (in Sanskrit niraakar, nirgun). This is one of the the extracts of Vedas.
But its not easy to love an entity that one can not visualize - perhaps even impossible, Hinduism therefore encourages you to love a form God of your own choice. For the purpose is to love - true love, is not in the choice of object of this offection. Eventually love must expand to flow in all direction to everyone...".love all serve all" as sathya sai said.
God will materialize in the form in which a devotee prayes to Him. This is the big lesson of Hinduism. Truely God is as much formless, as formful. He is formless, yet all forms are His. He is in everything, and everything is in Him.
This is what makes this religion more tolerant than some of the others, which though being routes to the same God, use one shoe fit all philosophy. But one must remember all regions do service to the same one God. Guide us to one common goal.
As is said in Vedas ...ekam sath...there is only one truth, wise extoll it in their own various individual ways.
At the core of Hinduism,.is the law of karma states, you will bear fruits of what you do - good and bad, if not in present, then in the next life time. The concept of Atma or self, we are all immortal souls, which never dies, just sheds the body when its old and takes on a new one.
But having said this i must add that at their core all religions seem to feach the same goodness and values.